Delicious Fall Recipes – Kale with Pine Nuts and Cranberries

Everyone needs to eat more greens.  Just 1-1/2 cups of kale is an excellent source of anti-oxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, manganese and flavonoids including quercetin which is nature’s potent anti-inflammatory.  Kale is rich in calcium, fiber, contains a significant amount of (ALA), the basic building block for all omega 3 fatty acids and is a rich source of glucosinolates, a cancer protective compound.

Kale has been a favorite in my household forever.  Accented with toasted pine nuts and sun-dried cranberries, this dish is also a perfect stuffing for any kind of meat, fish or fowl you want.  It’s also delicious stuffed inside an acorn squash and baked. Try it in a frittata, although I’d skip the cranberries here.  Topped with a little Parmesan or Manchego (aged sheep cheese) and you are dining like royalty!

Try it tonight!

  • 2 bunches kale, steamed 5 minutes, cooled and squeezed of all water (wrapped in tea-town and squeeze)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, dry toasted in 300 F oven until golden
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or currants, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes
  • 1 –  2 large cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • salt and pepper

Heat large pan, preferably a cast iron skillet, and add olive oil.  Before it becomes smokey, add kale and saute for 5 minutes.  Add garlic and continue to stir until aromatic.  If too dry, add a little more olive oil.  Add cranberries, currants, pine nuts, chili flakes, salt and pepper.

Serves 2

Cat Dillon

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  1. Having this for lunch today. i KNOW it is going to be delicious and quick to prepare.

  2. I love kale too, look forward to trying this one…I have a recipe that includes roasted beets….see if I can find it…

    • Those will pair beautifully! I know you are the queen of the kitchen and I’d be surprised if you aren’t thinking up a dinner party menu right now…. :)

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